Crystal Bridges – take 2

We arrived in Bentonville AR early enough yesterday for a return to this very fine Museum of American Art, vision of Alice Walton, daughter of Sam Walton, founder of Walmart. Many corporate sponsors also contribute to this first class museum and trail system. It is all free to the public.

The weather was cold and dreary so we opted for inside. I wanted to return to what we call the “bubble room.” But the artist calls:

Of course, her title is better.

A few more images:

Find the hidden images.
Like walking into a cartoon

Weather improved so we ventured outside to explore art dotted trails. Here’s what we found.

Some Chihuly floating balls. And part of the museum.

The above floating stainless steel balls in a pond were my absolute favorite! A slight breeze causes them to move against one another, creating a low and mesmerizing susurration. The visuals of them reflecting against each other, reflecting the sky, the trees, the photographer. The patterns they make. I can’t believe they don’t have a bench here. I could watch them, listen to them for extended periods of time.

This morning found us on the North Forest trail at 8:15 or so. It was brisk and the sun was not above the trees when we started. More great art amidst chirping birds, leaves brushing, and fresh air.

Chihuly. 1300 individual pieces of blown glass. 5000 pounds.
The sun. Or a dandelion gone to seed. Or the back of a head of unruly hair…
Not to scale
To scale
How I would love to see her sculpture made up if treader homes or aircraft parts! Why not old truck bodies?

There are a few of these along the trails. You manually turn the crank. Push a button and continue cranking to listen to a recorded message. There are 4 messages on\in each box. They cover a variety of topics – info about the red shouldered hawk and a recording of it’s call. Did you know though that blue Jays can mimic them expertly?

Another message might be from the architect about the construction materials for the museum. It takes quite a bit of energy to maintain the crank. I kept switching hands.

I’ll end this post with this photo. I think it’s called Brilliant Berry. Brilliant, yes?

3 thoughts on “Crystal Bridges – take 2

  1. Judy Madewell October 13, 2021 / 6:00 am

    I’m really enjoying your posts. What a delightful place to explore!


    • pgsteele4 October 13, 2021 / 8:44 pm

      This country! So much to explore. So much beauty. And history.


  2. pamela October 13, 2021 / 10:35 am

    Fantastic! Love the canoes!

    With Gratitude, Pamela




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